As many folks anxiously search for small signs of spring including tulip buds, bird nests, and mainly, the sun, many children are looking forward to camp. In this case, summertime can be spent at The Old Brick Playhouse performing for family and friends.
This year The Old Brick will dive feet first into Further Adventures of Beauty and the Beast.
"Though most people are familiar with the newer film of 'Beauty and the Beast,' the story is an extremely old one with many different surprises." states OBP Assistant Director Phil Smith.
CampKids Playhouse is separated into three week-long workshops according to a student's age. Each year The Old Brick Playhouse staff selects a theme that supports a short play as well as games and activities that complement the subject matter.
Every moment of camp is jammed packed with frolics connected to the Beauty and the Beast story such as father lost his gold, and the French fair fete. Students will dine on French cuisine in a very fantastical kitchen made up of things that move and speak, like the teapot, for example. Other activities include a plate stacking tournament, stealing the flower, foil folly, singing, dance and a production on Friday at noon.
"As a child, I attended many camps where I met lifetime friends and developed a love of performance. Here at The Old Brick, we look forward to our summer programs all year long," Smith said.
CampKids Playhouse, now in it's 22nd year, teaches students the basics of performance and public speaking skills while encouraging creativity and good old fashioned fun.
For secondary students, The Old Brick Playhouse offers Studi-oli-o. This week-long day camp for middle and high school student teaches the fundamentals of various acting styles including monologue
performance, musical theatre, improvisation, and classical comedy. Studi-oli-o, much like a secondary acting class, gives the camper various performance opportunities.
"Often kids that begin in Studi-oli-o find that they really enjoy theatre and continue into our Apprentice program in the spring," Smith said.
CampKids Playhouse runs from June 9 through June 13 for students ages 5-7 and June 23-2 for students ages 8-11. For secondary students, Studi-oli-o begins on June 16 and runs through June 20.
Registration for all camps is mandatory on a first come first served basis and must be submitted before May 19. For additional information and camp registration forms, log on to www.theoldbrick.org or phone the OBP office at 304-637-9090.